Established in 1997, Carter's Academy of Self-Defense provides top quality instruction in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Nihon Goshin Aikido, Youth Martial Arts (Gracie Bullyproof) and Women's Self-Defense. Our owner and head instructor, John Carter, has 34 years of martial arts experience, is a 5th Degree Black-Belt in Nihon Goshin Aikido, a Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Level 3 Instructor, a Certified Women Empowered Instructor, and is Certified to teach the Nationally Recognized Gracie Bullyproof Program. After graduating from The University of South Carolina, he began teaching Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Karate and Women's Self-Defense in Lexington, Irmo and Columbia. Today, our headquarters academy is Lexington, South Carolina's exclusive Level 3 Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Center authorized by the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Headquarters Academy in Torrance, California and is also one of the largest Certified Nihon Goshin Aikido Training Centers © in the nation.
Carter’s Academy of Self-Defense is committed to exceeding your needs. Questions, comments or special requests? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate in reaching out today.
1216 West Main Street Lexington, SC 29072
1079 Dutch Fork Road Irmo, SC 29063
(Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo & Karate since 1997)